Just to say I love you

“For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labour might be in vain.” 1Thes. 3:5

Paul made his heart felt concern for the young church in Thessalonica known “…when I could no longer endure it…” Paul had genuine fear for this church; that except a step was taken something terrible might happen—“I hoped that Satan had not tempted you and made all our work useless.” To demonstrate his love for them in the midst of his concern, he sent Timothy to Thessalonica to encourage them in the faith. Timothy got there just to find out that they were doing so well and at the same time concerned about Paul as he was concerned about them.

The Thessalonica example as seen here encapsulates Biblical principle of love for one another. How do we demonstrate love towards one another? What do we do when a brother is out of church for a week or two and no one knows anything about his state of affairs? Do we feel compelled to reach out to such people or wait till the day we see some how? Paul could not endure for he had not heard a word about the church in Thessalonica. How much concern do we show when a brother or sister is out of reach?

Read this: “Day and night we sincerely pray that we will see you again and help you to have an even stronger faith. We pray that God our Father and our Lord Jesus will let us visit you. May the Lord make your love for each other and for everyone else grow by leaps and bounds. That’s how our love for you has grown.” Vv 10-12 CEV

We all must make the commitment to reach out brothers and friends that have not been seen even in the last one week. Who knows; this might be what he needs to be assured of God’s love and care of the church. Your visit to your local church member might be the only tonic that person needs for encouragement in the faith. Your knock on his door or a phone call might just save him from suicide. Who knows he might have that rope round the neck or some pills to knock him out. So your visit or phone call might just break him.

This is the way our love for one another should grow. We must show that we care. We must encourage one another in the faith. Make out time today, draw a list of local church members and friends you have not seen for a while and reach out to them telling them just how much you care. You would surely heal hurting and grieving souls and restore many to Christ.

In good times and in bad times; praise the LORD.

“Sing praise to the LORD, all his faithful people! Remember what the Holy One has done, and give him thanks!”

What really happened that David praised God so much and went as far as asking others to praise God too?

David was now King. Against procedure and coupled with a wrong motive, David ordered a census of Israel (2 Samuel 24). Needless to say, this infuriated God. As expected, a prophet in the person of Gad was sent to King David to make God’s mind known to him.

The prophet promptly made known to him God’s position concerning David’s census of Israel. Not only that, judgement was to be meted out accordingly. So three options were presented before the king.(1) Seven years of famine in Israel. (2) David to run from his enemies for three months. (3) Or three days plague in Israel. David chose option 3 as he preferred to fall into the hands of God than into the hands of man. That night 70,000 men were slain by the angel of the LORD just because of a single act by one man!

But God could not bear the pains of seeing His own nation being slain. So He ordered the angel on duty to withhold his sword and immediately detailed prophet Gad to instruct King David on what to do to appease God and atone for his sin.

An immediately, David went to Araunah, the Jebusite and bought his threshing floor and there David built and altar to the LORD and offered burnt offerings.

David began this Psalm thus: “I will praise you, LORD, because you have saved me and kept my enemies from gloating over me.” He chose rather to be punished by God to being chased for three months by an enemy.

Then verse 2 says: “I cried to you for help, O LORD my God, and you healed me;” (see 2 Samuel 24:10, 17). Verse 3 reads: “You kept me from the grave. I was on my way to the depths below, but you restored my life.” David knew that had God not restrained the death angel from further slaughter, he might have lost his life.

“His anger lasts only a moment, his goodness for a lifetime. Tears may floor in the night, but joy comes in the morning.” (verse 5). Though God was angry, His anger was for a moment. He sought for a way to deliver His children from further death. Please read remaining verses of Psalm 30 for more understanding.

Having considered his sins and weaknesses against God’s goodness, mercies and love, little surprise David burst into praise of God.

We all must cultivate the attitude of praise as we would have been consumed if God is to judge us according to our deeds.

Truly, God is good. In good times and in bad times; praise Him for His mercies endure forever.